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Thursday, 28 March 1957


Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   What was the greatest number of persons employed in the government aircraft construction industry «> »n" time1

2.   How many are at present employed?

3.   Is any further retrenchment of staff contemplated; if so, how many employees will be affected?


Mr Beale (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Supply) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   During the war years employment in the Beaufort Division, Department of Aircraft Production, reached a total of approximately 10,100 in 1943. Of this total, approximately 4,700 were employed at area workshops established by the Commonwealth at State railways workshops and conducted by Slate railways departments. The balance were employed at the main assembly workshops at Fishermen's Bend and Mascot. The highest post-war employment total at the government aircraft factories was 3,368 in October, 1955.

2.   Employment at government aircraft factories totalled 1,501 al 15th March, 1957.

3.   No further retrenchment of staff at the government aircraft factories is contemplated in the near future.







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